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2014 NHL Draft: Carolina Hurricanes draft review

by Cory Lavalette
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Haydn Fleury - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: The Carolina Hurricanes selected defenseman Haydn Fleury seventh overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. Fleury was the second defensemen selected in 2014. (courtesy Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

It is a new era in the Carolina Hurricanes front office. The only general manager Raleigh had ever known, Jim Rutherford, “retired” then took the same job in Pittsburgh, leaving his understudy, former player Ron Francis, on his own for his first NHL Draft.

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2014 NHL Draft: Ottawa Senators draft review

by Peter Morrow
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Andreas Englund - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Defenseman Andreas Englund was one of three defensemen selected by the Ottawa Senators in the 2014 NHL Draft. The Senators picked Englund 40th overall. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Prior to the NHL Draft, Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray possessed distinct, possibly incompatible priorities: trade Jason Spezza, and replace the 2014 first round pick which he dealt last summer in exchange for Bobby Ryan. The former happened days later in a deal that sent Spezza to the Dallas Stars, but the latter move never materialized.

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2014 NHL Draft: Detroit Red Wings draft review

by Adam Schnepp
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Dylan Larkin - Detroit Red Wings

Photo: Detroit drafted Michigan native Dylan Larkin, committed to play for the University of Michigan, with the 15th overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

If it was not already clear what position the Detroit Red Wings felt needed to be addressed in their organization it certainly became so after the 2014 NHL Draft. Detroit used six of their seven picks on sizable centers. Read more »

2014 NHL Draft: Boston Bruins draft review

by Richard Murray
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David Pastrnak - Boston Bruins

Photo: Forward David Pastrnak was selected 25th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 2014 NHL Draft. Pastrnak projects to be a dynamic offensive talent. (courtesy of John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

 

The Boston Bruins did not make any blockbuster deals at the NHL Draft or in the days following like last season moving Tyler Seguin to Dallas, but Boston did make several interesting selections in Philadelphia.

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2014 NHL Draft: Toronto Maple Leafs draft review

by Ed Dermit
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William Nylander - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: William Nylander was one of five forwards the Toronto Maple Leafs selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. Toronto drafted Nylander eighth overall. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs‘ director of amateur scouting, Dave Morrison, used the 2014 NHL Draft to select players with a strong competitive demeanor and good offensive upside.

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2014 NHL Draft: Colorado Avalanche draft review

by Chau Vo
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Conner Bleackley - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Red Deer Rebels captain Conner Bleackley, picked 23rd overall, was the top pick by the Avalanche in the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

After the Avalanche’s 2014 postseason run came to an end, head coach Patrick Roy and executive VP of hockey operations Joe Sakic got right to work molding their team’s prospect pool to their likings. Read more »

2014 NHL Draft: Tampa Bay Lightning draft preview

by Chris Roberts
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Anthony DeAngelo - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Anthony DeAngelo was one of four defensemen the Tampa Bay Lightning selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. The Lightning picked DeAngelo 19th overall. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman proved, once again, that the franchise is not afraid of taking risks in the early rounds of the NHL Draft.

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2014 NHL Draft: Vancouver Canucks draft review

by Larenzo Jensen
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Jake Virtanen - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Vancouver’s sixth overall pick, Jake Virtanen, tied for second in goals among draft-eligible CHL players with 45 tallies for the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The Vancouver Canucks were one of the busiest teams during the 2014 NHL Draft, selecting seven players, while moving disgruntled center Ryan Kesler to Anaheim and defenseman Jason Garrison to Tampa Bay.

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2014 NHL Draft: San Jose Sharks draft review

by Craig Fischer
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Nikolay Goldobin - San Jose Sharks

Photo: Nikolay Goldobin, San Jose’s top pick at 27th overall, ranked seventh overall in OHL scoring with 94 points in 67 games for Sarnia in 2013-14 (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)

 

Coming into the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia, General Manager Doug Wilson and the San Jose Sharks were making substantial noise and looked to be on the precipice of a big change, a monumental rebuild of sorts that would alter the culture and look of the Sharks for years to come. Instead of a loud boom, in typical Sharks fashion, the 2014 draft quietly ushered in a new age for the San Jose organization.

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2014 NHL Draft: Minnesota Wild draft review

by Peter Prohaska
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Alex Tuch - Minnesota Wild

Photo: The Wild selected USNTDP winger and Boston College commit Alex Tuch with the 18th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

Though there was talk of somehow reacquiring a second round pick, the Minnesota Wild had limited assets to offer as enticement. Chuck Fletcher did pick up an additional seventh round pick in 2015 in exchange for moving down one pick, but in the end the braintrust seemed content to stick with its hand in Philadelphia.

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